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Senate Could Have Votes To Impeach, McConnell “Pleased” About The Idea

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by Tyler Durden
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 - 03:22 AM

Update 2015 EST: Pence Against Using 25th Amendment

Numerous sources are reporting that Vice President Mike Pence has "ruled out" using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. The Vice President has instead urged congress to "focus on Biden transition and avoid impeachment," according to AP.

Pence sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi stating “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or the Constitution.”

Update 2001 EST: Senate May Have Enough Votes For Impeachment

CNBC's Eamon Javers is reporting that, according to a senior Trump official, there are enough Republican votes in the Senate to convict and remove President Trump from office if they receive articles of impeachment from the House on Wednesday.

Update 1917 EST: GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick Introduces A Resolution To Censure Trump

Update 1806 EST: Several Republicans Join Cheyney In Voting To Impeach Trump

"At least three GOP lawmakers will move to charge the president from their own party with high crimes and misdemeanors," CNBC reports. They will join Liz Cheney in calling for impeachment of the President. 

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., earlier said he would support impeachment after the president stirred up a mob that attacked the Capitol last week while Congress counted President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential win. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., later joined Cheney and Katko. The riot left five people, including a Capitol police officer, dead.

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Update: the GOP establishment has turned full anti-Trump: shortly after the McConnell report, House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, announced Tuesday that she plans to vote to impeach President Trump for inciting a violent mob at the Capitol last week.

"On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes,” Cheney, of Wyoming, said in a statement. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing.”

Cheney: I Will Vote To Impeach The President

Washington - Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) released the following statement ahead of votes in the House this week:

"On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic.

"Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.

"I will vote to impeach the President."

Earlier on Tuesday, another Republican representative, New York’s John Katko, has also said he would back Trump’s impeachment.

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Republican leader Senator Mitch McConnell is reportedly "pleased" about the idea of a second Trump impeachment, telling sources that he believes President Trump  "committed impeachable offenses", according to a late Tuesday New York Times report.

McConnell believes impeachment will make it easier to "purge [Trump] from the party" ahead of a Wednesday House vote to formally charge Trump with inciting violence against the country.

Meanwhile, Trump ally and minority leader Kevin McCarthy of California has asked other Republicans whether he should call for Trump to resign in the aftermath of the events at the Capitol last week. McCarthy and others have decided not to formally lobby Republicans to vote against the impeachment. He is said to have reached out to Nancy Pelosi to gauge interest in pursing a censure vote, though Pelosi has reportedly ruled it out.

McConnell has indicated that he "wants to see the specific article of impeachment that the House is set to approve on Wednesday," the Times wrote. President-elect Biden even spoke to McConnell on Tuesday to ask about the possibility of "a dual track that would allow the Senate to confirm Mr. Biden’s cabinet nominees and hold a Senate trial at the same time".

The article is expected to draw support from "as many as a dozen" Republicans. 

McConnell was outspoken after the Senate reconvened on Wednesday last week, stating "This failed attempt to obstruct the Congress, this failed insurrection, only underscores how crucial the task before us is for our Republic. Our nation was founded precisely so that the free choice of the American people is what shapes our self-government and determines the destiny of our nation.” 

Taken together, McConnell and McCarthy's respective stances represent a shift in sentiment and a break from Trump within the Republican party heading into the last days of the President's term.

Trump, on the other hand, has remained steadfast, stating on Tuesday that his remarks to his supporters were “totally appropriate,” and that the idea of impeachment was "causing tremendous anger". 

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